Board has roots in Jeffersons
Board has roots in Jeffersons visionLike the University,
the Board of Visitors was created by Thomas Jefferson, who served
on the board from 1819 to 1826. As Jefferson designed the board,
the members would elect their own leader, or rector, and Jefferson
himself was the first. James Madison, who succeeded Jefferson
as rector, served with him and James Monroe joined the board after
Board of Visitors was
included in Jeffersons Statute of 1819, which established
the University. It shall be under the government of seven
visitors to be appointed forthwith by the governor, Jefferson
the duties he outlined were erection, preservation and repair
of the buildings, as well as hiring and firing professors,
naming other officers and agents of the University, and regulating
tuition and dormitory rent.
the University expanded, the duties of the chairman of the faculty,
who operated the school, were onerous, and in 1904 the Board of
Visitors created the post of university president. Dr. Edwin A.
Alderman was named to the post, which he held until 1931.
the board has 16 members appointed by the governor and one non-voting
representative from the student body. It approves the policies
and budget of the University, and is entrusted with preserving
U.Va.s many traditions. The board maintains offices in the
Rotunda, where it meets four times a year.
more about the board, visit its Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/bov/